Tokina 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Tokina

About Tokina 6.5-135mm

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135 DX, is a lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sensors.* This lens gives the digital photographer an ultra wide-range zoom lens that has the equivalent angle of view to a 25-200mm.

* The lens is designed for digital cameras with APS-C sized CMOS and CCD sensors (DX) , not designed for cameras with full frame sensors (FX).

This Tokina compact super wide zoom range begins at 16.5mm and offers the photographer a wider angle of view than most lenses in its class that start at 18mm. This makes the lens better suited for scenic and travel photography in addition to being a great standard lens for most general photography situations.

The AT-X 16.5-135 DX's optical design benefits from the latest advances in the industry. Three aspherical elements, one all glass precision-molded element and 2 compound elements yield high contrast. Additionally two Super-low Dispersion (SD) glass elements correct chromatic aberration.

The AT-X 16.5-135 DX has a newly designed high-precision mechanical zoom cam system minimizes play and eliminates zoom creep

One reason why the Tokina 6.5-135mm is popular is because of its Durable

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Durable (4),Easily interchangeable (3),Strong construction (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Tokina 6.5-135mm Specifications

Recommended Sensor size
APS-C Sized (23.7 X15.6mm) CCD or CMOS sensor (with 1.5-1.6x magnification factor)
Not designed for cameras with Full Frame sensors.
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5/5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Optical Construction
15 Elements / 9 Groups
Coatings
Multi Layer
Zooming System
Internal focusing
Minimum Focus Distance
19.7 in. (0.5m)
Macro Ratio
1:5.43
Number of Diaphragm Blades
9
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions
3.1 in. (78mm) X L 3.46 in. (84mm)
Weight
21.5 oz. (610g)

Tokina 6.5-135mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 5 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

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    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like it

This lens was purchased for a carry around lens. I wanted a 24-70 2.8 and the price was way to much for a semi pro photographer. Friend lent me his tokina and I was impressed. The quality for the photos are much better than I expected. I am buying the 11-16 now however will stay away from the 16-50. the quality is not as good as the other 2 lenses. Once thequality is better I will own all 3

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

no thanks

my tamron 18-270 aspherical macro, has horrible creep (which is the ONE advantage to this Tokina...it won't creep) and I *thought* the focus was slow until I got this lens. O M G. it's literally impossible to use when I want to photograph anything other than outdoor stills. inside without flash, it's worthless, no matter your settings. I shoot in manual mode on my d80 exclusively so I cannot speak to auto mode. outdoors in less than bright sunlight, I could not get a suitable contrast and I...

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my tamron 18-270 aspherical macro, has horrible creep (which is the ONE advantage to this Tokina...it won't creep) and I *thought* the focus was slow until I got this lens. O M G. it's literally impossible to use when I want to photograph anything other than outdoor stills. inside without flash, it's worthless, no matter your settings. I shoot in manual mode on my d80 exclusively so I cannot speak to auto mode. outdoors in less than bright sunlight, I could not get a suitable contrast and I dedicated an entire weekend to learning its quirks. I refuse to be constrained to 3.5/5.6 for every shot that I do not want to use a flash ( which is every shot for me). the focus is only sharp if you are rock steady, regardless of the vibration control mechanism. even then, it is woefully soft. I don't like razor sharpness...but this focus is not acceptable to me. focus time......ARGHHHHHHHH!!! I have NEVER used a lens with such a frustrating auto-focus. sometimes, it has taken more than 3 seconds after lock-on to even move! then comes the never-ending wah-wah-wah while it tries to find a focus point. this is the prime reason I'm selling this lens 3 weeks after receiving it brand new from adorama. photo quality....unacceptable,, in my opinion. blacks/grays are so dark in less than full sun that details are lost and unrecoverable via software w/o serious noise. construction. the only reasoning I can see behind the tank-like construction of this lens is that Tokina realized it would, undoubtedly, be slamming up against a wall or flying out a window at some point in its future when its owner realized its inherent flaws. price... I knew at this price point I would be taking a chance but I don't even feel like its worth the relatively small price they ask for it. bottom line...I am so disillusioned, I may never but another Tokina lens based on this purchase. ten full digits down.

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
5.0

Great lense

By

from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Was sick of changing out my lenses so got this and love it! Pics are very clear and vibrant!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

no thanks

By

from Atlanta, Ga.  -  Photo Enthusiast

my tamron 18-270 aspherical macro, has horrible creep (which is the ONE advantage to this Tokina...it won't creep) and I *thought* the focus was slow until I got this lens. O M G. it's literally impossible to use when I want to photograph anything other than outdoor stills. inside without flash, it's worthless, no matter your settings. I shoot in manual mode on my d80 exclusively so I cannot speak to auto mode. outdoors in less than bright sunlight, I could not get a suitable contrast and I dedicated an entire weekend to learning its quirks. I refuse to be constrained to 3.5/5.6 for every shot that I do not want to use a flash ( which is every shot for me). the focus is only sharp if you are rock steady, regardless of the vibration control mechanism. even then, it is woefully soft. I don't like razor sharpness...but this focus is not acceptable to me. focus time......ARGHHHHHHHH!!! I have NEVER used a lens with such a frustrating auto-focus. sometimes, it has taken more than 3 seconds after lock-on to even move! then comes the never-ending wah-wah-wah while it tries to find a focus point. this is the prime reason I'm selling this lens 3 weeks after receiving it brand new from adorama. photo quality....unacceptable,, in my opinion. blacks/grays are so dark in less than full sun that details are lost and unrecoverable via software w/o serious noise. construction. the only reasoning I can see behind the tank-like construction of this lens is that Tokina realized it would, undoubtedly, be slamming up against a wall or flying out a window at some point in its future when its owner realized its inherent flaws. price... I knew at this price point I would be taking a chance but I don't even feel like its worth the relatively small price they ask for it. bottom line...I am so disillusioned, I may never but another Tokina lens based on this purchase. ten full digits down.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More then Expected

By

from Canada, Vancouver  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I was looking a day to day lens, this one was on sale. I gave it a try and it worked perfectly for me. Use it for 90% of my shooting, beside that I have 400mm and 11-16 mm as well.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is real workhorse

By

from Vancouver, Canada  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens was on sale for [$] at the time I upgrade my D90 to Nikon D7000. I gave it to try. Really happy with this lens. Beside that I have 11-16 and 80-400 this is the mostly used lens for almost all occasions. Some pictures made with this lens can be seen on http://vims.zenfolio.com

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I like it

By

from Orlando  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens was purchased for a carry around lens. I wanted a 24-70 2.8 and the price was way to much for a semi pro photographer. Friend lent me his tokina and I was impressed. The quality for the photos are much better than I expected. I am buying the 11-16 now however will stay away from the 16-50. the quality is not as good as the other 2 lenses. Once thequality is better I will own all 3

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CARRIE B  I chose this lens for its zoom range and compact size. However, please read my review.
Shopper  Is it new 100% full box??
LEO H  Yes it is. Includes the lens, original front and rear lens cap, original lens hood, instruct ion book and warranty card.
Shopper  Hi, will this auto focus on the Nikon D200 ?
TIM F  Yes, this lens will auto focus on any Nikon body with focusing motor inside the body such as the Nikon D200.
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